NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)

NeverShoutNever! – Trouble (Chords)

I bet the tweenage girls are squealing themselves hoarse over wee Christofer Ingle and his magnificent hair. But in December he took time out from his punishing hair care routine to record an EP of ukulele pop songs Me & My Uke. And he’s currently recording an album with fellow ukulele-EP-releasing runtogetherbandnamefrontman Forrest Kline of Hellogoodbye.

Trouble is a fairly simple three chord affair. The only tricky thing is the chord inversions I think he’s using. You could make it easier by using the more standard chord shapes: 0331 for Eb and 2010 for F.

The strumming for the verses is dead easy as well. The easiest strum of all, Strum #1 from the Strum Bible: all down strums. Just make sure you release the chord right after you’ve strummed it to get that sharp sound.

The strumming in the chorus is much trickier. It’s down, down, up, up, down, up. I’m experimenting with showing strumming patterns, so let me know if either of these make sense to you (top line counting, bottom line strumming):

1 … and … 2 …. and … 3 … and … 4 ….. and
down ……. down up ……….. up ….. down up

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d .. d u .. u d u

For the first chord in the chorus you just play the Bb on the first strum, then you mute the strings (by resting your hand on them but not playing them) and strum the same pattern.

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  1. Woodshed March 30th, 2010 9:23 pm

    Daniela: They’re in the second half of this post.

  2. Laurahh April 11th, 2010 8:25 pm

    Yay! I love this song! (: And I love him.. *sigh* Yes, and I’m not even ‘tweenage’. Oh well, who cares. Anyway, thank yhooo ;D

  3. peaceluvjoy! May 16th, 2010 3:35 am

    I absolutlely love Christofer Drew! I love his music and everything. Is he the best? dunno! Love it anyway. Thanks for posting, I’m new to the uke and this is the first song I learned. So much fun!

  4. Woodshed May 18th, 2010 10:18 pm

    peaceluvjoy!: Glad you’re enjoying it.

  5. layna June 4th, 2010 2:52 am

    when was this song written ?

  6. taegen colson November 27th, 2010 5:06 pm

    wheres the Bb chord?

  7. jarrod February 16th, 2011 10:18 pm

    Not as easy as it sounds if your just learning from scratch but there is a Never Shout Never song that is easyer its your biggest fan and that one is easy on the fingers

  8. Edward March 6th, 2011 7:13 am

    It’s different the way he plays it here:

    can anyone decypher the chords he’s using?

  9. Woodshed March 6th, 2011 10:26 am

    Edward: The chord shapes are two frets up from those in the pdf. So it’s mostly C – F – G. But he’s tuned down a fret so it sounds as B – E – F#.

  10. Erin March 22nd, 2011 5:17 pm

    Okay so I’m new to the ukulele. I figured I should start with Trouble because the strumming and chords seemed easy when listening to the song, but once it gets to the chorus I’m completely stumped. Is there any way you could simplify the strumming a bit? I’m completely lost with the d du udu thing, lol. I’m trying to teach myself so bear with me please!

  11. Edward March 23rd, 2011 2:09 am


    I do not know any easier way than what woodshed has stated. It’s so easy. Just do down, down, up, up, down, up on each chord.

  12. rj August 14th, 2011 12:40 am

    I am having trouble downloading chords… When I download it, I go to open it but it just makes an empty tab on my firefox. someone help me!!

  13. Woodshed August 14th, 2011 8:26 am

    rj: Have you tried right clicking and saving to your computer?

  14. Maddi September 3rd, 2011 12:29 am

    I tried using these chords, but they just didn’t sound like the same same chords Christopher uses. I tuned my strings using the standard GCEA tuning. Do I need to tune my Ike differently or use a capo?

  15. mrdrprof October 5th, 2011 2:33 am

    hey, what kind of uke is this played on? i have soprano but i feel it may be played on a concert or alto

  16. Woodshed October 9th, 2011 10:16 am

    mrdrprof: He usually plays a tenor.

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